Country Living: Brooklyn's Small-Town Charms30-Oct-2011
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Brooklyn's Small-Town Charms
With its mom-and-pop shops, bluegrass joints, and working farms, this borough offers small-town charm — smack-dab in the middle of New York City.
sprawling borough of New York City once numbered among the most
prolific agricultural regions in America. During the 19th century, cows
grazed on its hillsides and farmers grew everything from potatoes to
Today, Brooklyn still feels more heartland than Big Apple, with ribbon-worthy pie cafés hanging out shingles next to soda shops and general stores. To make navigating this supersized Mayberry manageable, we planned day trips around three of our favorite areas — Greenpoint and Williamsburg; Atlantic Avenue, Carroll Gardens, and Red Hook; and Prospect Park and Park Slope (highlighted on map) — then homed in on the best spots to shop, eat, and explore.
Moon River ChattelSimple yet sumptuous home goods, such as unbleached linens, white ceramic dishes, and mossy garden pots, put this mercantile on the map; but it's the ever-changing cache of antiques and vintage salvage — chandeliers, wood mantels, claw-foot tubs — that keeps shoppers coming back.